"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.  

So do it."


Kurt Vonnegut,

'A man without a country'

Painting is the most recognizable art form. It is a common mistake, in everyday language, to call every artist “a painter”. This (harmless, yet problematic) misunderstanding is due to a lot of reasons, the main one being the oftenness in which one sees painting around oneself.


One can see paintings everywhere, most of us have some in our homes and many of us even do paintings as a hobby.      


Painting  is  the  only  visual  art  that  has  always  been  autonomous  and  relatively  easily accessible.      Drawing, for instance, used to be a preparatory procedure, earlier in history, while print making, originally was a reproduction and diffusion technique. They became autonomous later on.      Sculpture, on the other hand, is not easy to diffuse because of its difficulty to be transported. One  has to go in situ to see a sculpture. A  photographic reproduction  can never transmit the sensation of the physical object in a given space (that can not happen in painting either, but a photograph of a painting is always nearer to the actual painting than one of a sculpture to the actualsculpture).      


However,  our  familiarity  with  painting  is  what  makes  it  difficult  for  us  to  essentially understand it. Few of us know the importance of the color choices of Matisse; few have felt the importance of touch in Rubens; very few have heard of Titiano's fingerprints in his late paintings; few can see Cezanne's colors for what they are.      The goal of the painting lessons of the Kimonos Art Center is, in the first place, to offer the necessary technical skills for painting. Secondly, to help the student understand that, by working in painting, one enters and participates in a trans-historical group of people that tries, through painting, to solve a series of problems and answer a number of questions (who are the result of painting). Which are those questions and problems? Who asked them? Who tried to solve them and in which conditions, under what terms? Which were the solutions proposed?      


There are no wrong answers in art. There are consequences and inconsistencies regarding goals and intentions. Which are those in painting? The goal of the painting lessons is, therefore, to help the student enter in a dialogue with the history and the actuality of the artistic creation in painting. And that goal, as all the others, can only be achieved through practical and theoretical studying. The Kimonos Art Center provides all the practical and theoretical equipment needed in order to achieve that.



Taught by Yiannis Sakellis and Charalambos Margaritis